They're rough Mexican sign painter images.
Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics
@Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Nov 18, 2006 Mar 4, 2007
From the press release: "Sensacional! Mexican Street Graphics celebrates the vernacular design of the comic books, flyers, posters and signs common in Mexico, where a rough, idiosyncratic beauty arises from a mom-and-pop street economy. The artisans are the sign-painting, lithographic tradespeople who work off the high-art grid, and serve as de facto ad agencies for auto repair shops, food vendors, and wrestling events. Though these artists may not concern themselves with visual art trends, their work has enormous significance: in public environments increasingly monopolized by corporate controlled and mechanically produced imagery, these artists assert a brilliant graphic design presence thats hand-made, individualistic, and defiantly human. Organized by Trilce Ediciones, an independent publishing house based in Mexico City."
Raced down there to see the show before it the opening was over and ran into Photographer, Stefan Simikich whose photos are featured in this past week's Photo of the Day.
Is that a hamburger Eyes or butt eyes back there on the wall?
Wasn't sure how these fit into the show. Seemed out of place. Maybe I should have read the plaque.
This is where they were showing Underplayed : A Mix -Tape of Music -Based Videos. We didn't check out any of the videos, but heard they were pretty sweet and worth watching. Going to have to come back through.
There's no tweety bird above, but that's one thing about Mexico. They love them some tweety bird and also anything Disney.
Love the band shots
The antihero cow.
They had little lightboxes to view slides of the art in its natural Mexican environment.
Really dug this sign tunnel.
sexy Mexico sign chicks
Hey, it's Dave Potes and his lovely lady friend, Tati.
Then the night ended out front where we stumbled upon a guy holding down some other guy while yelling for the cops. In about 5 minutes every cop in the city descended. There must have been 20 cop cars for this one incident... Guess the guy caught the dude trying to steal his motorcycle and hit the guy up with his helmet and then pinned him until the cops showed up... hate to say it, but it was more exciting that the show... I was raised as a gawker.
In the random information department, I'm listening to Michael Hurley right now. It's nice from time to time.
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